President Trump tweeted his frustration Monday evening with the high level of scrutiny he has been getting both over his initial remarks on the Charlottesville white supremacist rally where he condemned violence on “many sides” and his subsequent remarks Monday afternoon where he condemned by name the neo-Nazi, Klu Klux Klan, and white supremacist groups involved.
“Made additional remarks on Charlottesville and realize once again that the #Fake News Media will never be satisfied,” he tweeted, “truly bad people!”
Made additional remarks on Charlottesville and realize once again that the #Fake News Media will never be satisfied...truly bad people!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 14, 2017
The president may have been alluding to his exchange with CNN’s Jim Acosta following his afternoon press conference in which Acosta asked why Trump hadn’t condemned the groups over the weekend in his initial statement.
“They have been condemned,” Trump replied.
Acosta demanded to know why Trump did not hold another press conference on the tragedy and Trump reminded him that they had just had a press conference.
Acosta said he had more questions and Trump replied, “It doesn’t bother me at all but I like real news not fake news. You are fake news.”
Trump said in his additional remarks on Charlottesville Monday, "racism is evil and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs. Including the KKK, nao-nazis, and white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans."
Acosta was not the only one displeased by Trump’s additional statement naming the hate groups involved. Many in the mainstream media found fault with the statement’s length, the beginning of the statement, and it being read off a teleprompter.
It took you three days. It lasted 40 seconds. You never said "domestic terrorism."— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) August 14, 2017
Fuck you, @realdonaldtrump
Was Trump's statement too little, too late? He began by bragging about accomplishments, then briefly dealt w/talk about racism.— Dan Rather (@DanRather) August 14, 2017
Its striking that he has to carefully read it off a teleprompter. He railed against prompters yet he can't speak from the heart about racism https://t.co/olP7gXjR80— Katy Tur (@KatyTurNBC) August 14, 2017
.@realDonaldTrump "hatred, bigotry and violence.." he names them under pressure.— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) August 14, 2017